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Boston College Baseball Weekly Roundup

The Eagles won their home opener, but struggled in Winston-Salem


BC went 2-2 (10-8, 2-4) this week, winning the home opener against Holy Cross on Tuesday, and dropping two of three on the road at Wake Forest.

Holy Cross scored two quick runs off Emmet Sheehan in the top of the 1st, but the Eagles answered with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning, plating two on a double by Jack Cunningham, and one more on a Cody Morissette single.

The Crusaders picked up another run in the 2nd, but BC was again able to answer with an RBI single by Sal Frelick. The Eagles offense exploded for a five-run 3rd inning, which included RBI doubles for catcher Gian Martellini and right fielder Joe Suozzi. Jake Alu then belted a three-run homer, his third of the season, to give BC a 9-3 lead. Alu finished the the day three-for-four with three RBIs and three runs scored.

First baseman Jake Cunningham swatted a home run in the 6th to close out the scoring in a 11-4 victory. Cunningham matched Alu, going three-for-four with three RBIs and three runs scored.

Dan Metzdorf got the start in Friday’s series opener at Wake, and pitched 5.1 strong innings, allowing one earned run on seven hits, four walks and six strikeouts, picking up the win for BC. Cunningham belted a solo shot in the 6th, grabbing the team lead in home runs with four on the season.

The Eagles took a 5-1 lead into the 8th, and turned the ball over to reliever John Witkowski. Witkowski surrendered two runs in the 8th, but worked a scoreless 9th to finish off the 5-3 win.

BC got off to a fast start in Saturday’s game, picking up three runs in the 1st on RBI singles by Alu and Cunningham, and an RBI double by Martellini. But the Demon Deacons smashed four home runs in the game, including two in an ugly 12 run 5th inning.

Frelick went three-for-five, and Martellini, Cunningham, and Brian Dempsey each went two-for-four, but it was not nearly enough to compensate for a woeful performance by the BC pitching staff, which walked thirteen batters. Wake tallied 22 runs on just 13 hits, en route to a 22-9 victory.

Wake Forest outfielder and Massachusetts native Chris Lanzilli stole the show in Sunday’s finale, driving in a school record 10 runs, including a grand slam and a three-run homer.

BC’s only runs came on a Dempsey sacrifice fly in the 1st, and a two-run Morissette triple in the 6th, as the Demon Deacons cruised to a 13-3 win.

The Eagles have a busy week ahead. They play at Northeastern on Tuesday, at home against Siena on Wednesday, and host Clemson for a three game set over the weekend.